"Karen helped our organisation including our scientists to gain a better understanding of MBIE’s Government Policy on Vision Matauranga or unlocking Māori Innovation. Common comments from our scientists who received advice from Karen included feeling like a light had been shone on how to implement Vision Matauranga in their research approach and proposals and feeling like they finally understood what the policy was about and also how to practically implement it. Karen is a natural translator of how to incorporate Government policy into multi disciplinary research programmes that enable positive change and action on the ground. We look forward to engaging Karen’s services again in the future." Ariana Wahanui-Hemara, Māori Agribusiness Manager, AgResearch
"It have been a richly rewarding experience developing Vision Matauranga relevant material with you, learning from you, and receiving positive feedback from the sector about this work. Your contribution is greatly appreciated." Dr Viv Smith, National Manager: Environment and Society, Science Investments, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.
"This has been really enjoyable and thought provoking work - we covered a lot of ground but it never felt heavy going. Thanks for the style and content - spot on."
Gordon MacDonald, CEO Worksafe
"You have had a significant impact in and on the organisation in your time working at Treasury. I will miss you, as will others." Bill Moran – Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Change & Performance
"Thanks for the great discussions. The team definitely grew in their understanding of the Māori economy. I really enjoyed it and i have had very good feedback. We are organising to get you back for another session and i look forward to it. Peter Barrowclough, CEO LincolnAgritech
"Your visits are marked by powerful shifts in our landscape. You are our portable earthquake."
Mark Barratt, Papatoetoe South School
He iti ra, he iti mapihi pounamu. Tena koe Karen He tino mihi kia koe whaea. Tumeke rawa atu tou korero whakawhakaara kia matou. Feedback from colleagues is that you did what I said you would do, 'light the fire in our belly'. Heoi ano he nuinga te mahi i tenei wa engari he mahi ma ratou, ma koutou, ma matou, ma tatou.
Jude Karaitiana, Branch Co-Chair, Central East
"I feel very privileged to have been able to have 1:1 sessions with Karen, where I have been encouraged/challenged to 'take myself on', and the learning has been huge. I have had to cope with many challenges and changes this year.My work with Karen has been crucial in helping me stay grounded throughout the journey and has given me the skills to face the changes with enthusiasm rather than trepidation."
Carolyn, Management Team of large Auckland primary school.
"Many thanks for your presentation and facilitation during the weekend. You certainly stirred our hearts and minds. What a great gift you have for unfurling human potential and generating possibility. I really appreciated your capacity to interact so energetically and positively with our members and the expertise you bring in invoking deeper thought and progressing people to the next level. It has set a fantastic motivating platform for our years work."
Louise, Field Officer
"Karen brought a rich and colourful dynamic into our group. Her commitment and enthusiasm kept everyone rallied, and her positiveness is infectious. Besides all this, she delivered consistently high product that not only met the mark, but went well beyond the contract expectations."
Maria McDonald - Manager Māori and Pacific Policy Department of Corrections
I was delighted with the way you handled that session and thank you again. The governance session was very intense – but we got through and survived!
Richard Blakeborogh, Strategic Manager, Careerforce
"Karen has been the catalyst in turning around the performance of our teams. She has a knack of putting everyone at ease and has quickly formed a rapport with people throughout our organisation. Our people very much enjoy her sessions and respond well to the way she works. She has been able to establish and maintain trust and confidence. Karen is dynamic, forthright, goal orientated and effective. She is a breath of fresh air."
Dean Sweetman – Director
“Karen has a mix of skills that is rare in my experience - intelligence, the ability to quickly engage with all kinds of people plus constant attention to detail. I have come to rely on her to bring new insights into possible solutions, or people dynamics that are getting in the way of progress. Karen keeps a good grip on what she has been contracted to achieve and sets very high standards for herself.”
Tracy BrownDirector Tregaskis Brown Ltd
"I feel excited and energised with what we are doing and achieving - you are wonderful!"
Tracy Lloyd, Principal
"Karen energises everything she gets involved in for highly focused results. We tasked Karen with the complex and sensitive objective of defining the required capability we expect of our managers when it comes to being "responsive to Māori". From workshop design, through to facilitation and documentation of outcomes, Karen brought a strong project management orientation which provided confidence in the process. Her facilitation skills are exceptional and she created real momentum and enthusiasm in the workshop environment."
Alan Davis, HR Manager, Strategic Service, Department of Corrections
"We've had Karen's encouraging coaching expertise to sharpen the team leadership skills at a number of different levels in our organisation - from team leaders to CEO. Karen is a highly empathetic and wise woman. I have found her coaching perfectly matches my needs."
Helen Glassgow, Chief Executive, The Quit Group
"Karen facilitated increased staff commitment to our plans for the future. She is very professional from the planning stages, in presentation and following up. She discerned and met our needs fully. My staff, communicators in their own right, had total respect for Karen's professionalism. We greatly appreciated what she accomplished as she guided us through potentially stressful and conflict laden issues with good humour and flexibility."
Peter Fisher - Dean of Applied Studies Manakau Institute of Technology
Many thanks for your presentation and facilitation during the weekend. You certainly stirred our hearts and minds. What a great gift you have for unfurling human potential and generating possibility. I really appreciated your capacity to interact so energetically and positively with our members and the expertise you bring in invoking deeper thought and progressing people to the next level. It has set a fantastic motivating platform for our years work.
Louise, Field Officer
You were truly excellent in your facilitation and all the other attention to detail you provided during the two days Karen. Thank you so much for that, and for the way you supported me, the Chief Executive, the rest of the team and our Board.
Communications Manager, Industry Training Organisation
Karen took all Archives staff staff through a series of workshops on becoming Responsive to Māori. She handled this very well and helped position the organisation so it really understood what RTM means for service delivery- not only at the high level but at the level of each staff member and each team's contribution. This was the context in which information about tikanga became meaningful.
Genevieve Orr - HR Manager, Archives NZ
"Karen Clarke, the facilitator for the day, was a resounding hit. The following quotes reflect the feedback on the day: “Karen is a great facilitator, who immediately put people at ease, also put the fun factor into the day.”
Susan Sutcliffe, National Manager Support and Volunteer Services
"Really appreciate the job you did yesterday. Have heard some amazing feedback about how well you facilitated the hui and how well you captured what people were thinking. " Shannon, Business Manager, TPK
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